Northern & Central Midwest

August, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Colorful Toad Lily

National News

Toad lilies ( Tricyrtis formosana ) are moisture-loving, shade tolerant perennials that are hardy in USDA zones 4 to 8. They flower in late summer and early fall, offering color and interest in the...

San Francisco Becomes More Food Sustainable

Creating a healthy, sustainable food system is on many people's minds these days. Books, articles, and documentaries highlight pockets of successful programs across the country. Now, one city is...

National Indoor Gardening Day

While many gardeners in the country are enjoying the fruits of their summer labors, some forward-looking folks are focusing on a time of year when, for most of us, our gardening will be limited to...

What’s Woolch Mulch?

While in England this past summer, I noticed gardeners using wool around plants that slugs love. It appears the wool deters the slugs and snails from eating the foliage. Well, here’s a new idea...

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In the Garden



I'm going to convince you to grow garlic for next year. The garlic this year is phenomenal, so this is the time to hit the farmer's market for garlic to store for winter and also for planting. I just used the last cloves from my 2008 crop a few days ago...
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Web Finds

Square Foot Gardening Mel Bartholomew has created his own Web site and company called Square Foot Gardening . His site...


Square Foot Gardening Mel Bartholomew is the guru of frugal gardening, especially for those who are space-challenged....
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Regional Reminders

  • Core Aerate
  • Plant Cool-Season Flowers
  • Water Evergreens
  • Start a Compost Pile
  • Clean Up Vegetable Garden

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